Falcons: Breaking down new defensive line coach Gary Emanuel

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Arthur Smith continues to build his staff, and this will be one of the most important hires of the entire offseason.


From his bio via the Falcons:

Emanuel brings 38 seasons of coaching experience, including 10 seasons in the NFL with him to Atlanta, having most recently served as the defensive line coach for the New York Giants from 2018-19. During his time in New York, Giants defensive end Markus Golden recorded 10 sacks in 2019 becoming the first New York Giant to record double-digit sacks in a season since 2014, while rookie defensive lineman B.J. Hill set the franchise record for the most sacks by a rookie with 5.5 in 2018.

Emanuel spent six seasons (2012-17) in Indianapolis as the Colts’ defensive line coach. During his time in Indianapolis, the Colts won three division titles and appeared in one AFC Championship Game. Before joining the Colts, Emanuel coached the defensive line and was a co-defensive coordinator at Purdue in 2010. He was instrumental in developing first-team All-America defensive lineman Ryan Kerrigan, who led the nation in tackles for loss, led the conference in sacks and earned Big Ten Defensive Player and Lineman of the Year honors, as well as becoming the first unanimous All-America recognition by a Boilermaker defender in school history in 2010.

Emanuel coached a lot of talented players at Purdue. Names like Kawann Short, Rob Ninkovich, & Cliff Avril stand out.

The Ryan Kerrigan tidbit is interesting. Kerrigan is a free agent this offseason and I actually wrote last January about how he could be a perfect fit for the Falcons. If he’s available as a cheap signing, I would love to have Kerrigan. Defensive line has been a sore spot in Atlanta for years, and hopefully Emanuel brings a fresh attitude under Dean Pees to help Atlanta get to the quarterback more consistently. He will have some new blood to work with, I’m heavily anticipating the Falcons to target EDGE early & often in the draft.

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